The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Art and Design, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, offers engaging and inspiring art instruction in undergraduate and graduate courses. Programs in studio art, art history, and art education prepare students for fulfilling careers as professional artists, and for careers in museums, businesses, schools, and galleries.
In 1935, noted American painter Joe Jones depicted the lives of Southern sharecroppers in his thought-provoking mural, “The Struggle of the South.” The mural wrapped around the walls of the dining commons at Commonwealth College in Mena, Arkansas, where students met to discuss social and political issues.
Our vision is to be an accessible destination center for visual art and design.
The Department of Art supports the mission of the University through its own quality programs. The Department promotes excellence in the visual arts, develops intellect, knowledge, and skills. Fosters awareness of contemporary trends and traditional arts for students and community through education, research, collaboration, and example.